The Doctorate in Business Administration at Horizons University is a research doctorate, where students make a contribution to both theory and practice, with a focus on the application of research, to real life business problems. The Horizons University DBA is designed to help students reach their objectives of becoming experts in a given business field, and becoming competitive employees in the global marketplace. Students take business courses alongside their independent research in the area they want to specialize in.
Managers of today that make a difference in the market place need to have a global mindset, and have a deep knowledge in international business. The Horizons University DBA has a focus on International Business for exactly this reason. Through the core courses students learn about strategy in the international business environment, how the global economy works, and how to communicate in an international environment. The elective courses allow students to deepen their knowledge in their research topic in International Business, helping them become experts.
|Admission Requirements||Bachelor’s degree in Business or equivalent; Master’s degree in Business or equivalent; 3+ years working experience - Options available for those without business-focused degrees or work experience|
|Languages||English (online) or French (on-campus)|
|Study Options||Online or On-Campus|
|Registration Fee||60€ yearly|
|Technology Fee||80€ yearly|
The structure of a typical course will require students to read materials supplied by the university, study related materials, and perform personal research on selected topics. Confirmation of learning may be determined via papers, projects, quizzes or exams.
The DBA in International Business prepares students for leadership positions in global organizations, for careers as independent consultants, and skilled researchers in business-oriented activities.
The Horizons University DBA is accredited both by an American accrediting body – ACBSP – and an European accrediting body – ECBE. Both recognize Horizons University’s commitment to continuous improvement, and focus on student learning outcomes. The accreditation distinguishes Horizons University because of its top Faculty, who meet demanding standards, and are known for their teaching excellence. The accreditation is also a guarantee that students are learning skills that are valuable in the workplace.
What our doctorate students say about the Horizons University DBA program
“Very challenging and inspiring”
“Interactive and practical”
“This program will help me in my long term plan of setting up my own
consultancy, specialised in the field of Supply Chain Management”
“I chose this program because it will enhance my career development in
International Business, General Management, and Entrepreneurship”
“I chose this program because I aim to share my knowledge, and to teach at a high level”
“I chose the program because of its flexibility, and because it gives me
the opportunity to do research in my area of interest”
|Foundation Seminars in Marketing/Finance/Ethics|
|International Business Strategy|
|Quantitative and Qualitative Methods|
|Business Research Methods|
|Global Economy||Dissertation Writing|
|Global Communication||Dissertation Writing|
DBA658 - International Business Strategy
(DBA in International Management Specialization)
The International business strategy course is grounded on the fundamental principles of strategic management and focuses on strategy making in business corporations. Emphasis is on corporate and business level strategic analysis, strategy formulation and implementation. Strategic management emphasizes the determination and evaluation of environmental opportunities and threats in light of strengths and weaknesses in the organization’s value chain in order to enhance its core competencies and craft a sustainable competitive advantage.
DBA660 - Global Economy
(DBA in International Management Specialization)
This course examines the world’s economy from a global as well as various local perspectives. Globalization has increased the interdependence of the economies of nations around the world, but this interdependence does not imply all differences in economies have vanished. The Global economy is made up of many different actors, some international such as the World Bank, IMF, WTO and large multinational firms, others national such as national governments and some local. The course is designed to exam both the overall global economy and some of its individual components.
DBA650 - International Business Communication
(DBA in International Communication Specialization)
The course is an exploration of the cultural, social, political, historical, religious, legal, and communication influences that impact international business negotiations, consultations, transactions, and conflicts. Emphases will be placed on major world business cultures, including those in Latin America, Asia/Pacific, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The aim is to develop skills in applied international business communication, which is essential for participation in an increasingly globalized business world.
DBA655 - International Leadership
(DBA in International Communication Specialization)
In a fast-changing world, the ability to adapt and interact with diverse people around the world requires strong leadership skills. Leadership is a potential available to everyone and it can be developed with the right tools and techniques. The course aims at providing the background to develop the awareness of one’s ability and the tools and techniques to boost one’s leadership to have a positive impact in one’s environment in any geographic region and industry.
DBA670 - Global Communication
This course is part of our DBA in International Business. Its aim is to show students the various aspects of global communication and how it is influenced by history, language and culture. The course also focuses on the issues, challenges and obstacles raised by Global Communication, especially in the context of politics, journalism, science and business.
DBA673: Business Research Methodology
This course focuses on the development of research skills and the design of research used for business. Students will be introduced to various research approaches and learn what strategies, methods, and techniques are in use. Students will be expected to design a business research proposal, formulate basic and secondary research questions, develop a strategy for data collection, develop a literature review, create a model of the expected results or outcomes and finally to formulate ways to operationalize their study with stakeholder involvement.
DBA674 - Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
An introduction to a range of quantitative and qualitative data collection and methods of data analysis. Students will learn about and be able to distinguish between quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research. Qualitative methods include including Action Research, Appreciative Inquiry, Focus Groups, Interviews and Narrative Data Analysis. Quantitative methods include Descriptive Research Designs, Experimental and Ex Post Facto Designs, and Descriptive Statistics.
DBA780 - Journal Writing.
This course facilitates the student’s ability to write, review, edit, and format an original paper to meet the publication standards of an academic journal. When completed, the course results in a published article in Horizons University Business Journal.
DBA799 - Dissertation Proposal Writing
This course focuses on the development of the Dissertation Proposal under the supervision of a Doctoral Faculty member. During the course students will be guided through the completion of the Dissertation Proposal, and by the end of it will have a Research Proposal that is to be submitted to Horizons University.
DBA800 - Dissertation
After completing this course, students will be able to:
DBA659 - International Human Resource Management
This course allows students to exam human resource management from a global perspective as well as from various local perspectives. Increases in international business activities require firms to implement human resource management in a variety of different political, legal, economic, social and technological environments. Therefore a deep understanding of international human resource management is essential for international organizations for successfully motivating and managing the most important of all resources, human resources.
DBA661 - Multicultural Management
This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of effective cross-cultural management and the challenges that are likely to be faced while working internationally. The course focuses on international organizational behavior and human resource issues and practices in transnational organizations.
DBA671 - Emerging International Markets
The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students an opportunity to explore and evaluate the challenges and opportunities associated with developing strategies for international emerging markets.
DBA672 - E-Commerce
This course is part of our DBA in International Business. Its aim is to show students the various aspects of E-Commerce and how it influences the consumer behavior around the world. The course also focuses on the issues, challenges and obstacles raised by E-Commerce
MBA522- International Marketing
This course addresses the student’s ability to conceptualize and apply effective methods of marketing research across cultures and borders. Special attention is directed to techniques of survey, interview, participant, and observational research strategies that are adapted to different international populations. Data gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting are covered to empower students to deliver profitable and accurate recommendations to marketing developers and practitioners.
MBA523 - Marketing Strategy Development
A study of the analysis of the strategic process of researching and forecasting the external environment of the firm, assessing the present and future enterprise strengths and weaknesses, setting enterprise goals with recognition of personal and societal goals, and evaluating performance and progress toward those goals. Provides the student with an integrated view of the functional decisions and corporate strategy.